Five years ago my wife and I had the most wonderous dinner here on the night before our wedding. We were simply blown away by the experience and when we organised our latest trip to the Hunter we made sure that a booking at Roberts was front and centre of our itinerary.
Roberts is still an exceptional restaurant, the food continues to impress and the staff remain efficient and friendly. But some of the shine has worn off.
First of all, it may be my fault, but I was sure we had booked for 7:30. When I called, I had been given two options for a booking and opted for the earlier time. However on arriving, we were told our booking wasn't until 8:15. While this was slightly disappointing, we were soon installed in the lounge for a few pre-dinner drinks. The waitress brought the wrong cider, but I was in such a good mood I didn't bother correcting her. One pre dinner drink down, I decided to be a bit adventurous and order an old-fashioned on Canadian Club. The waitress returned to ask what I meant. I settled with a scotch on the rocks.
Which brings me to our principal bug bear, the spirits menu is lack lustre. There are no white spirits available, but a reasonable selection of whiskys. For a restaraunt that boasts a sommilier, a pastry chef and all manner of specialists, the lack of a knowledgeable bar tender is a bit depressing.
But putting these two issues aside, the food was exceptional. The gaspacho appetizer with oil was very pleasant, as was my Foie Gras entree. The rib on the bone for two was brilliantly cooked and the red wine just was the perfect accompaniment.
The decor and atmosphere at Roberts remains wonderful. Despite the booking snafu, we had a very enjoyable experience in the lounge reading old Brittanica year books. The lighting is subtle and romantic. In the dining room, the seasoned hard wood beams running through the roof create a marvelous space.
The staff are highly efficient and know their craft well. The menu remains great, but lacked that real oomph factor that I remember from our first visit. I miss the black truffles!
Roberts remains a fantastic destination and we will certainly visit again.
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